Gun Violence Prevention Program Grants Now Available in Lexington
“This program provides small program grants directly to Lexington youth who have been affected by gun violence, stipends for volunteer street workers, mini-grants to distribute in schools, and funds for crime prevention programs. nonprofit violence,” Gorton said. “The government’s job is not to reinvent the wheel, but to remove barriers and support local people and organizations who are already involved in violence prevention work.
The overall goal of One Lexington is to leverage community resources to reduce gun violence among youth ages 13-29. “A Lexington has made progress,” Gorton said. “This year we have 50% fewer homicide victims aged 13 to 29 compared to last year.”
This is the first year for the grants. Gorton has invested $150,000 in the program’s budget, which will be allocated in partnership with the Community Action Council with the approval of the Urban County Council. Nonprofit organizations can apply for grants of up to $7,000 in support.
Devine Carama, Mayor’s One Lexington Program Director, said, “Lexington has so many local organizations that have been doing violence prevention work for years. This will be an opportunity to build their capacity and amplify the impact of those who are already on the ground doing the work.
Additionally, Gorton announced a $30,000 grant from Cities United, which is working with Lexington to develop a strategic gun violence reduction plan. “During the development of the plan, we identified two gaps in services, victim services and reintegration services. Cities United is helping us fill these gaps with a $30,000 grant that will be used to support services for victims of gun violence and programs for those released from prison. Cities United is a national nonprofit that works with cities to reinvent public safety.
To apply for One Lexington grants, organizations must have current 501C3 to apply. Assistance will be provided to organizations that need to apply for a 501C3 so that they can apply for the grant program next year.
Additionally, One Lexington partners with the Kentucky Nonprofit Network to help nonprofits build capacity.
“One Lexington’s Hospital Violence Intervention Program, Safety Net, Violence Intervention Task Force and mediation efforts are changing lives for the better,” she said. Safety Net now operates in partnership with Lexington Rescue Mission.